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What to do if you have the flu

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It's that time of year, when it seems everyone is sniffling, sneezing and coughing. How do you know if it's a simple cold or something more serious like the flu?

Flu symptoms include fever, chills, body aches, sore throat, congestion, headache, nausea, diarrhea and feeling tired.

Staying home, getting rest and drinking plenty of fluids is best for most flu sufferers. Going out where you can spread the virus to others and weaken your own body is not advised. Medical care is not always necessary unless you have more severe signs, according to Banner Health.

People at greater risk of complications with the flu include individuals older than 65, pregnant women, young children, asthma sufferers and those with a compromised immune system.

Symptoms that should be seen by a medical professional include: difficulty breathing, chest pain, persistent vomiting, sudden dizziness or confusion.

To prevent the spread of the flu, wash your hands thoroughly, use hand sanitizer, limit your exposure to others when you are sick. It is recommended that people cough and sneeze into their elbow or sleeve, not on your hands.

For information on the flu, visit www.BannerHealth.com/flu.

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